Norway: Big Five Walking Holiday in Norway
Scale natural landmarks for astounding views
Enjoy a spectacular adventure discovering unparalleled panoramas on this walking holiday in Norway. The round trip self drive tour from Bergen to Stavanger via Haugesund, leads you to some of the country’s most notable natural wonders, including: the Troll’s Tongue, the Pulpit Rock, Folgefonna Glacier, the Kjerag Rock and Langfoss Waterfall. There is no better way to get up close to the affectionately named Big Five than on foot, and the scenery you will witness en route is simply mind-blowing.
It is extremely important that anyone undertaking this walking holiday in Norway is in very good physical form as the hiking routes can take between 3 to 10 hours. However, the vistas and wildlife you will experience are unlike anything else on Earth and make every moment of this walking holiday in Norway worthwhile. The long days are rewarded with scenes of endless beauty that stretch into eternity, presenting you with life defining moments.
On the Big Five Walking Holiday in Norway there are professional guides that can accompany you on the tours and share their knowledge of each place, giving you an insight into the geology and topography of southwest Norway.
Day 1 - Arrive in Stavanger
Once you arrive in Norway you'll pick up your rental car and check in at the airport hotel. Be sure to get a good night's rest in preparation for the first hiking challenge tomorrow!
Day 2 - Pulpit Rock
Today on the walking holiday in Norway you will head to Jørpeland where visitors go each year to see the Pulpit Rock, one of the country’s most popular attractions. The towering plateau rises an incredible 604 metres from the sea and offers mountain and fjord views. The walk is exceptionally scenic but strong footwear is highly recommended.
(Hike approx. 4-6 hours. Drive approx. 160km)
Your walk is followed by a drive to Sirdal where you will spend the night.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - Kjerag Rock
Make your way to Lysebotn, a picturesque village in southwest Norway. Here you can ascend the Kjerag Rock to its plateau, one of the most remarkable natural structures on the walking holiday in Norway which is popular with base jumpers. If you are feeling courageous once at the summit, step onto the Kjerag Boulder which is lodged in a gap between the rocks. You will set out from the Øygardstølen restaurant and hike over rolling terrain.
(Hike approx. 5-8 hours. Drive approx. 65km)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 4 - Stavanger to Hardangerfjord
Today you will travel to Hardangerfjord on your walking holiday in Norway. Journey along the National Tourist Route Ryfykle and enjoy the sights of Norway as you drive. You can stop off at a number of locations on the way, from the Stave Church for an intriguing exploration to Gloppefoss if you want to enjoy another hike today. Arrive at your hotel later on and settle in for the night, ready for another day's adventures tomorrow.
(Drive approx. 272km)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 5 - Folgefonna Glacier
This morning, make your way to Folgefonna Glacier where you will be given safety instructions before setting foot onto the ice. A professional guide will escort you on the tour, showing you the best way to scale Norway’s third largest glacier. Venture to the blue ice and look out over the Harndangerfjord Mountain Plateau from the summit of Folgefonna. Learn about the history of this enormous natural structure and perhaps have a go at ice climbing.
(Hike approx. 5-6 hours. Drive approx. 180km)
Please note: this excursion only operates on a daily basis between the 14th June and the 20th August, though it is still available outside these dates.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 6 - Trolltunga (The Troll's Tongue
Depart your hotel and head for Skjeggedal. You may want to get an early start as today’s hike takes around 8-10 hours. Follow the signposted path that runs alongside the Mágelibanen funicular. When you reach the top of the Troll’s Tongue you will understand why it features on the Big Five Walking Holiday in Norway. The protruding rock juts out over a beautiful fjord and the panorama is breathtaking.
(Hike approx. 8-10 hours. Drive approx. 65km)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 7 - Langfoss Waterfall
Drive to this wonderful waterfall and explore this breathtaking area. Although Langfoss is only the fifth tallest waterfall in Norway, its height and width combined are really impressive. It has also been voted as one of the world’s ten most beautiful falls.
Later today on the Big Five Walking Holiday in Norway, travel by car to Stavanger where you will stay for the final night of your tour.
(Hike approx. 2 hours. Drive approx. 240km)Meals included:Breakfast
Day 8 - Flight Home
The Big Five Walking Holiday in Norway concludes today but the memories and experiences you will take home with you will remain forever. Drop your hire car off at the airport before boarding your flight home.Meals included:Breakfast
- Return International flights to Stavanger from London, other airports are available on request.
- Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
- Car Hire.
- Guided Glacier Walk
- Travel Insurance.
- Items of a personal nature.